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🎧 #AudioForAction Guest Curation: Elizabeth Doerr
Cramming for the Climate Apocalypse
Climate change and disasters are inextricably linked. As the world's climate changes, we're going to see more disasters. "Cramming for the Apocalypse" takes an approach to climate action that intersects with disaster preparedness. These podcasts have been essential for me on my own journey to climate action and preparedness. Some focus specifically on climate and some on disaster prep. All are incredibly informative.
-Elizabeth Doerr; Host, Producer, Editor of
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Live Like the World is Dying, Elizabeth on Preparedness as a Family
Host Margaret Killjoy is a trans femme anarchist prepper, writer, and podcast host whose sense of curiosity about different elements of disaster prep helps listeners expand their thoughts and ideas about preparedness.
How to Save a Planet, Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson Helps You Find Your Climate Superpower
While the podcast was canceled in 2022, the two years of archives lives on and one of my favorite episodes was based around Dr. Johnson's TED Talk that provides a clear and simple way for average people to identify how they can take climate action.
Scene On Radio, In the Beginning
Scene On Radio is an investigative journalistic work of art (IMHO) and their Season 5 is dedicated to climate change centering the voices of people from the most affected areas of the world. This is the first episode in that season.
NPR Life Kit, How to Talk to Kids about Climate Change
This episode is an oldie but a goodie because it provides concrete ways for parents to talk to their kids about climate change which is something I'm navigating as a parent of a 6 year-old.
Cramming for the Apocalypse, Climate Ed, Climate Communication, and the Hope Gap with Kat Davis
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🚨 Calls to Action
Recommendations by Elizabeth Doerr
Create: Channel Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson from the recommended episode by creating a Climate Action Venn Diagram, an incredibly useful tool to think about how each individual can take climate action. It doesn't require doing something that isn't in your wheelhouse, it requires thinking about where your superpowers lie!
Once you've identified that area of climate action, you can do the following things:
What organizations are already doing the work in your area or nationally?
Find out how you can get involved in their work (no need to reinvent the wheel).
Talk to other people about what you're doing. As Katharine Hayhoe says in her book "Saving Us," one of the most important things we can do is talk about climate change. It normalizes the conversation and it helps motivate people to take it seriously and to take action.
Prepare: While I’m no expert, here are some ways to be ready for disasters:
Think about what is the most likely disaster to befall you and your community. (E.g., hurricanes, wildfire, earthquake, flooding, ice storms etc.). While climate change is increasing the chances that disasters you never expected might come your way, it's helpful to think about a specific disaster as it helps channel your thoughts about it.
Start focusing on the basic needs which involve food and water. You want to stock up on at least three days of food and water for your home (and if you have space up to a week). Water storage should be one gallon of water per person per day. You don't need to do a big stock-up on MREs or water bottles for this. I recommend just getting a bunch of canned goods from Costco that you normally would use for your day-to-day cooking. As you use those, you can stock up later. For water, you can stock up gradually (e.g., every grocery store visit, pick up a couple gallons).
Create a family emergency plan. At the basic level think about where your families are at any given point a day and think through scenarios should a disaster happen while you're in those places (i.e. daytime, nighttime, etc.). Write it down along with emergency contact information and put it somewhere visible in your home. Make sure to communicate these plans with those emergency contacts.
Get to know your neighbors. Researchers say that one of the most important factors to survival in a disaster is knowing the people in your neighborhood. Know who to check on (e.g., the elderly) and make a plan with at least one of your neighbors on a disaster plan.
Check out Brekke Wagoner's "Sustainable Prepping" YouTube channel where she provides a whole host of resources and recommendations in bite-sized videos.
Brekke Wagoner and I will be launching a 10-week Disaster Preparedness Toolkit series for paid subscribers of "Cramming for the Apocalypse" later this spring. It'll be a series that makes disaster preparedness more accessible to help push through the overwhelm of it all.
Talk about your disaster preparedness. Like with climate change, talking about it normalizes it among other people and encourages them to think about their preparedness as well.
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